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of these protesters and counter charges that the democrats are trying to discredit legitimate dissent. joining us now to talk about the coverage is mark halpren for "time" magazine, and arthur of the blog "the page." and here in washington, anna marie cox a columnist for playboy magazine. mark, are the media playing off the loudest and angriest of these protesters to the point where it distorts what s what's on at most of these town hall meetings? >> yes, it distorts. i'm not an advocate for any position on the president's proposal, but i think this is something you have written about and seen for years. the lowest common denominator, people taking video, which is meaningless. yes, there should be discussion. dissent is fine. i don't care why the protesters are showing up, but this is a horrible breakdown of our media culture to allow people to go in with the intent to disrupt to become the story. the biggest issue in the health care debate, things like should there be a public plan, completely ignored by all of the media and crowded it out by stunts and gimmicks. >> anna marie, mark says this is a b
. >> have the media portrayed an honest view of kennedy's life? joining us in new york, joe klein, columnist for "time" magazine. here in washington, david broader, columnist for the "washington post." thomas olyphant, former columnist for the boston globe. in boston, emily rooney. joe klein, you described your relationship with ted kennedy over the years as affectionate. he first met him back in 1970. what was he like to deal with over the years? >> i also said in that same sentence that we were not friends. it was a professional relationship. but it lasted 40 years. when i first met him, he was not the guy that many of journalists came to know. i met him right after the accident, he was very wary of the press, very awkward in public. it took -- you know, he didn't start becoming the kennedy that -- who was really praised this week until after he ran for president in 1980. >> emily what was it like for you to cover such a dominant figure? >> it's funny that he said kennedy was wary of the press. to me, he was unaware of who the personal journalists was. my husband was a journalist at the ab
" colleagues from new york. >> joining us now, veteran "60 minutes" correspondent, steve fromme, and jeff, the producer of the show. steve, what was it like to be in the screening room with don hewitt when he was taking apart one of your pieces? >> well, i guess it depended on whether you thought he was right or not. most of the time he was. sometimes you had to convince yourself that he was. but it could be somewhat infuriating if he was being really tough. and at those points, you always look around the room to the other senior staff and see if there was another ally that you could enlist to stop the bleeding. but it was always exciting and you knew regardless of what happened at the time, you were going to walk out of the screening room and everything would be fine. >> jeff, hewitt was, to say the least, a strong-willed guy. >> he was. and a lot about that screening room depended on whether he liked it or not. if he liked it, it could be a great experience. if he didn't like it, it could be so painful, because you work so hard and everybody's a little nervous when they walk into that r
think we have been missing the context of this youtube is fantastic t takes us everywhere we can't go, but it doesn't give us context. that's a problem. >> when i watch cable, amy, it seem like this endless loop of these loud moments. one woman in a blue dress, katie abram, i've seen her 50 times. >> indeed. it's perfect for television. you have the audio, the visuals, the heat and passion. some loops have not been played, kenneth gladny who was at one of these town halls, was beaten up. he has not been splashed on the front pages. he has gotten less attention than professor gates and his arrest at harvard. the context conservatives are concerned about is the context this is supposed to marginalize and characterize the entire opposition to health care plan as being fringe and hysterical. the same treatment is not given to the other side when their folks come out to protest. >> obama keeps repeating this line how tv loves a ruckus. we heard gibbs say the media was disappointed that no one yelled at the president after his first town hall meeting. is there a grain of truth there? >> sur
are using that as a reason to cover it across the networks. and i think that's wrong. >> but that makes me uncomfortable, that someone should be kicked off the air for covering some stories. some stories with more depth and more duration than others, because i think they're a particular interest to my audience, and they make something uncomfortable. >> leave aside the question of somebody being banished from the airwaves, the associated press yesterday said that lou dobbs has become a publicity nightmare for cnn. brooks jackson, a former correspondent of this network, says he's an embarrassment. he says he's just raising the questions. but when you raise the questions in the face of what the cnn network itself says is a settled question, in other words, there is really no dispute, no factual dispute that obama is says, don't you therefore raise questions about yourself? >> there are other rem dishere. if cnn wants to continue to use him as a commentator, per se, that seems reasonable to me. newspapers have op-ed pages and opinion pages. the difficulty then is reporters appear on his progra
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